Reflective Statement Throughout Crime and Punishment, many connections were made regarding the cultures in the context of the novels. From this, we derived various topics that bettered our understanding of the novels. In order to expand our understanding of Crime and Punishment we considered subjects such as the differences in Slavic and Western Philosophies, Nihilism, the Golden Age of Russian Literature, and Dostoevsky’s other works, amongst others. The topic I feel best captures the essence Crime and Punishment is that of the role and treatment of women and how the method through which it is approached reflects the respective ideology portrayed in the novel. The stark portrayal of women in the novel paints a clear picture of the ideologies and the backgrounds from which they originate.
In the end, Dickinson’s clever structuring and diction in “The Wife” communicates themes of gendered inequality and suppression in her era that are still relevant today. By giving importance to cultural forms such as popular culture, as well as literature and the arts, it becomes more evident how gendered systems of inequality and privilege embedded in these works reflects and creates our identities and reality today.
Gilman depicts society at the time as phallocentric and one in which there is an uneven distribution of power. She represents this society through the use of the wallpaper and the woman trapped within. She supports this representation through her own personal endeavours against the male centred civilisation and her experience of the rest cure. Through the writing of this text, Gilman was able to create a record for women in the 1800s that experienced the same alienation and marginalisation as the narrator. However, this record was also created for future readers in order for them to be able to gain an understanding of the change in distribution of power between the genders and the construct of a patriarchal society since the
The Yellow Wallpaper In the grips of depression and the restrictions prescribed by her physician husband a woman struggles with maintaining her sanity and purpose. As a new mother and a writer, and she is denied the responsibility and intellectual stimulation of these elements in her life as part of her rest cure. Her world is reduced to prison-like enforcement on her diet, exercise, sleep and intellectual activities until she is "well again". As she gives in to the restrictions and falls deeper into depression, she focuses on the wallpaper and slides towards insanity. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a story written from a first-person perspective about a young woman's mental deterioration during the 1800's and the adverse affects of the restriction place on her.
Through a woman's perspective of assumed insanity, Charlotte Perkins Gilman comments on the role of the female in the late nineteenth century society in relation to her male counterpart in her short story "The Yellow Wallpaper." Gilman uses her own experience with mental instability to show the lack of power that women wielded in shaping the course of their psychological treatment. Further she uses vivid and horrific imagery to draw on the imagination of the reader to conceive the terrors within the mind of the psychologically wounded. The un-named woman is to spend a summer away from home with her husband in what seems to be almost a dilapidated room of a "colonial mansion" (Gilman 832). In order to cure her "temporary nervous depression- a slight hysterical tendency" (Gilman 833) she is advised to do no work and to never to even think of her condition.
Realizing that she must free the woman in the wallpaper, the narrator begins to strip the... ... middle of paper ... ...o the will of the doctor. In relation to the author’s personal experiences from “The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman”: “She fell into a deeply depressed condition and consulted Dr. S. Weir Mitchell who prescribed his famous rest cure. It is her experience with Mitchell’s treatment that inspired her to write The Yellow Wallpaper.” Thus degree of depth to the “I” as narrator is drastically amplified in amalgam of her own personal recollections. In conclusion, it is the society they live in that contributes to their suppressed states. Perhaps the confinements of gender roles that Gilman writes about women, and how they feel trapped without the control of the most apparent aspects of their lives.
Loneliness, caused by oppression, is like the same darkness that overtakes its victim. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, in "The Yellow Wallpaper," recounts the story of a young mother who travels to a summer home to "rest" from her nervous condition. Her bedroom is an old nursery covered with ugly, yellow wallpaper. The more time she spends alone, the more she becomes obsessed with the wallpaper's patterns. She begins to imagine a woman behind bars in the paper.
“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, “The Chrysanthemums “by John Steinbeck and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman shows each woman trying to escape their feelings of being confined or trapped because of the gender roles of being a perfect wife and mother that are afflicted upon them by those around them. Each John, the narrator's husband in “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Brently Mallard, Mrs. Mallard’s husband in “The Story of an Hour” and Henry Allen, Elisa Allen’s husband in “The Chrysanthemums” unknowingly lead their wives to a state of mental confinement through their actions taken that are meant to help them. John tells his wife to rest and not to think of her condition for the sake of him and the children which drove her mad because
After she was diagnosed with depression and has to stop her daily routine, the narrator represents her as the women trapped behind the wallpaper. In the article Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” A Surrealistic Portrayal of a Woman’s Arrested Development says that after her depression in 1890, she “transferred her own life experience into a poignant account of a woman’s decline into madness” (Hall 4). Gilman wanted to share her vivid experience with other women. In The Yellow Wallpaper says “the woman behind it is as plain as can be”(Gilman). This particular abstract of the story shows that the narrator reflects the woman as “plain” which mean as simple as she could
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story that deals with many different issues that woman in the 19th century had to deal with on a daily basis. Some of these issues were within their control, but many of them were outside of the realm of control for women. The main point that I will focus on is how restricted societal roles can cause insanity. I will do this by deciphering the meaning of the "yellow wallpaper" and its symbolism. In my opinion, I believe that once we get a better understanding of the author's interest in this subject area and get a feel for life in the 19th century, then we will have a better understanding of the story.